Social Network Analysis is an important visualizing management tool that helps us understand a University’s efforts to enable researcher collaboration.The resultant network map (Figure 1) highlights the current network characteristics among UBC Okanagan (red circles) and UBC Vancouver (blue squares) water researchers. Project description and additional information: http://www.social-network.ca/2017ubcwater For additional project examples or questions about […]
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Indigenous watershed initiatives and co-governance arrangements: A British Columbia systematic review.
The goal of this network mapping initiative was to develop baseline network maps that represent water governance actors and their connections to each other, the ties between First Nations and between First Nations and other levels of government and NGOs. The resultant social network maps help identify opportunities so support First Nations in watershed co-governance, […]
SNA in practice SNA provides a new and practical means to communicate the characteristics of a water governance network and helps in our understanding of individual decision makers within the context of a broader network of people who have different objectives, experiences, understanding of decision theory, and prejudices (Hammond, Keeney and Raiffa 1998). This study […]
SNA tools SNA provides for a useful set of tools to help understand water governance. Networks are patterns of relationships that connect individuals and are particularly useful when: (1) individuals and organizations have multiple levels or complex formal interrelationships, (2) access to information is important to support long-term resilient decision making, (3) coordination, cooperation and […]
SNA case study approach Our work builds on recent water governance research (Schiffer and Hauck 2010, Stein, Ernstson and Barron 2011) and takes a case-study approach applying SNA to explore and help characterize the Okanagan water governance network. Benchmarking the Okanagan water governance network provides an opportunity to better understand the actor relationships, formal and informal, involved […]
Examples of SNA SNA has also been used to help our understanding of other complicated issues including: obesity (Christakis and Fowler 2007), social capital (Small 2009) and the influence of networks on getting a job (Granovetter 1995). This study builds on contemporary SNA water governance research (Schiffer, Hartwich and Monge 2010, Stein, Ernstson and Barron 2011) […]
SNA techniques SNA is a technique of analyzing patterns of relationships and helps us understand the characteristics of operating water governance networks. Moreover, SNA can help our understanding of how individual actors interact and the nature of their relationships within the broader social and political structures that exist – both formal and informal. SNA is […]
Social Network Analysis supporting governance & policy Social network diagrams are useful to develop a benchmark or snap shot in time of the water governance network and provide practical insights into how policy and communication strategies may be applied to improve communication and social learning among actors in the network. SNA is the study of social […]
SNA Tools Links to useful tools and methods for applying SNA Using R with Social Network Analysis Using R for SNA: Stanford University R Code for SNA: R-bloggers Example of SNA with R using igraph Data Collection Net-Map Toolbox (Eva Shiffer) Social Network Archetypes Big Data R-bloggers R and igraph Network analysis & visualization